"Q&A With Michael Robinson"
Book: My Father's Blood
Author: Michael C. Robinson
"Raised on the streets of Detroit and indirectly groomed to be a hustler and drug dealer by his father, young Michael Robinson led a life of violence, selling drugs and alcohol abuse ultimately spending 78 months in the federal penitentiary.
He sought approval in all the wrong places to discover that it is available through the Father who paid the ultimate price through the shed blood of Jesus.
Written by Pastor Michael C. Robinson "Pastor Mike", of Ypsilanti Community Church, My Father's Blood is a story of how rejection, restoration, and redemption - acceptance of Jesus Christ - led to a destiny of saving souls."(Source: Netrepreneur Lab)
1. You talk a lot about your relationship with your father, how has that relationship affected all of your other relationships?
My relationship with my father gave me a strong feeling of rejection from him. Oftentimes I felt abandonment and even unloved. This feeling had conditioned me to think other relationships would always be short lived. In other words, at some point in time, my connection with an individual would come to an unexplained end.
2. What made the trappings of Detroit so alluring to young Pastor Mike?
The trappings throughout Detroit were so alluring being that it is a big city, it invited all areas of criminal activity as an alternative way of survival. Being a homeless 17-year-old with nowhere to go, I had to learn to survive by any means necessary.
3. When was the moment where everything changed for you?
The two major pivotal points which occurred in my life were at 17 years old when I was literally homeless. This included no meals or shelter and no direction in life. Secondly, at 32 years old, I was released from serving a six-year sentence in the federal penitentiary when the D.E.A. raided my parents’ home searching for narcotics. At that time (already on 4 years parole) while handcuffed and facing new charges, I said to the Lord, “if you give me one more chance to serve you, I promise you, Lord, I’ll do your will!”
4. If there was anything you could go back and change about your youth what would it be?
If there is anything I could go back and change about my life it would be not to allow anyone in this world to force me to feel that my choices are predicated upon how they have treated me.
5. What did you learn about yourself while writing, “My Father’s Blood”?
What I’ve learned most about Michael C. Robinson while writing, “My Father’s Blood, is when God has a particular calling, mission, and assignment upon someone’s life, nobody can stop it or interfere with God’s designed purpose. Not even Satan himself.
6. What were some things you did to overcome writer’s block?
To overcome writer’s block I would isolate myself from family, friends and daily life situations in order to meditate and transform my mind in order to stay focused on the assignment God had placed before me.
7. Why was it so important for you to make sure that this story was told in the way that it was?
It was very important that I tell my story in the manner in which I lived it because the church of today has overlooked the true reality of prodigals of this generation with a spirit of religion. The church doesn’t have a clue of the depth and critical cry coming from the people of this world that are in need of help from above, but we “the church” have closed the door to those in need and they only have limited help for the ones of which never left home.
8. Do you plan on writing any more books in the future?
I most certainly plan to write many more books in the future. I am presently working on a workbook to accompany “My Father’s Blood”. I also plan to complete a book that will unravel the danger of religion, but it will expose the joys of having a relationship with the FATHER.
9. What is the best book you read in 2018?
The best book I have read in 2018 besides “My Father’s Blood” was “Thinking For A Change” by John C. Maxwell. Although this book was originally published in 2003 and I have read it more than once, it gave me great inspiration to elevate my thought process as I wrote my own book. I think John C. Maxwell is a great author as well as a great leader.
10. If there is one thing you hope readers take away from this story what would it be?
The one lesson I want every reader to learn while reading “My Father’s Blood” is, no matter who may be against you, reject you, abandon you or make you feel unaccepted, God STILL has the ability to be your coach, mentor, leader, and FATHER
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